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Russian Housing in the Modern Age

Russian Housing in the Modern Age
Design and Social History

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William Craft Brumfield, Blair A. Ruble, James H. Bater, Milka Bliznakov,John Bowlt, Robert Edelman, Stephen Kotkin, Vladimir Papernyi, B. Vysokovskii.
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  • Date Published: August 1993
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2007
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521431972

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  • The chapters in this book, by specialists in various areas of modern Russian history and culture, explore the ways in which Russians of the past century have provided one of the most basic of human needs - housing. At the end of the nineteenth century, Russian housing reflected both tradition and sweeping social change, from the peasant countryside to the growth of major new urban centres. The first three chapters of the book illustrate this contrast in shelter, as well as the accomplishments and inadequacies of the pre-revolutionary building boom. The intractable problems of housing within a society in transition were addressed with new vigour by Soviet planners. The book examines idealistic, modernist projects for housing in the 1920s, as well as workers' settlements for the Five-Year Plans. The bombastic pretensions of Stalinist architecture are also explored from a sociological and historical perspective. Later chapters examine the origins of the dreary countryside and cityscape of the Khrushchev and Brezhnev eras. The volume concludes with a view of contemporary developments and offers views of possible developments in the next century.

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    • Date Published: August 1993
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521431972
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 210 x 24 mm
    • weight: 1.17kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus. 13 tables
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2007
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations and notes on the text
    The Letters 1872–1903
    Bibliography and sources
    Index.

  • Editors

    William Craft Brumfield

    Blair A. Ruble

    Contributors

    William Craft Brumfield, Blair A. Ruble, James H. Bater, Milka Bliznakov,John Bowlt, Robert Edelman, Stephen Kotkin, Vladimir Papernyi, B. Vysokovskii.

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